Capitol Update: Early discipline up Monday; Solution for Hospital Provider Fee offered

Written by: Children's Campaign
Date Posted: April 14, 2017

capitolupdateEach week of the 2017 session of the Colorado General Assembly we’ll bring you the latest news and analysis of legislation impacting the early development, health and education of Colorado kids. Click here to read about all of the legislation we’re tracking. Here are some highlights from this week:

SB17-267 (Sonnenberg & Guzman/ K. Becker & J. Becker) Sustainability of Rural Colorado

This bill includes provisions that would: 1) convert the Hospital Provider Fee into an enterprise fund; 2) lower the cap on the amount of revenue the state can collect before revenue must be returned to taxpayers in the form of rebates; 3) provide additional funds to rural school districts; and 4) require each state government agency to propose a smaller budget next year. Read more about our thoughts on this significant bill here.

HB17-1210 (Lontine & Buckner/ Fields & Priola) School Discipline for Preschool Through 2nd Grade

A high quality, nurturing environment in the early school years unlocks the potential of all of our children to learn about themselves and the world. This bill would update statute to offer better guidance to administrators regarding out-of-school suspensions & expulsions for young children. It faces its next hearing on Monday and you can read more about it here

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The Colorado Children’s Campaign is a nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy organization committed since 1985 to realizing every chance for every child in Colorado. We advocate for the development and implementation of data-driven public policies that improve child wellbeing in health, education and early childhood. We do this by providing Coloradans with trusted data and research on child wellbeing and organizing an extensive state-wide network of dedicated child advocates. For more information, please visit www.coloradokids.org.